Julian Assange's WikiLeaks group continues to make headlines. But would-be leakers will have a tough time sending information.
For people like me, the WikiLeaks story has it all: Candid revelations about US relations with foreign governments. A major security breach in the US military. And questions about media ethics and law in the digital age.
But when I've written about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, it's generally been to either use the diplomatic cables in general reporting or to correct the record on the group's influence in the Middle East. I haven't really looked at WikiLeaks in itself – the technical details of how it enables a leaker to secretly and securely provide information over the internet without direct threat of getting caught – and I've also ignored, for the most part, the odd characters and strange quirks of hacker culture.
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